Domestic Abuse Bill receives long-awaited second Lords reading

The Domestic Abuse Bill will soon be enshrined into law after receiving its second reading in the House of Lords this week, policymakers have suggested.

The proposed legislation had been delayed by not one, but two general elections, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Legislation has already been approved by the House of Commons after receiving cross-party support.

But the BBC suggests there are still creases to be ironed out, such as “the status of carers, the duty on councils to support victims and the position of domestic abuse survivors who have no recourse to public funds.”

So, what changes will the Domestic Abuse Bill introduce?

  • A new statutory definition of domestic abuse

The new legislation will redefine domestic abuse to include emotional, coercive, controlling, and economic abuse, as well as physical violence.

  • New powers

The new Bill will provide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order.

  • Local councils to provide domestic abuse support

A new duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation.

  • The prevention of perpetrators cross-examining victims

The new laws will prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the civil and family courts in England and Wales.

  • Family Court special measures

The Bill will create a statutory presumption that victims of domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal, civil and family courts.

For help and advice on related matters, please get in touch with Alison Green, Head of our Family and Relationships Team at Mackrell.Solicitors today.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell.Solicitors in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.